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Is there a way that you could incorporate the following in the column base
plate design criteria:

Assign certain cols to have base plates designed as square (for example:
interior and corner)
Assign others to be designed as rectangular with a maximum dimensional limit
in one direction (for example: exterior)
Have an option that automatically assumes the area of the pier to be say 3"
larger than the base plate on all sides
Have an option that would group say all the interior columns of the same
size to have the same base plate size and thickness
Have an option to design the base plate for the maximum P/A capacity of the
column. (This could be useful for buildings that will be renovated in the

These options would certainly make this part of the program more useful to
myself as well as other engineers. Right now, I am not using this part of
the program because it does not meet the practical needs of most engineers.

Thanks for your consideration.

Jim Kestner
Somerville Inc.
Green Bay, Wi

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